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Road Pavements & Bridge Deck Health Monitoring/Early Warning Using Advanced Inspection Technologies

Objective

The European Road Network is undoubtedly one of the most important land infrastructures in the EU. It is and will remain for the foreseeable future a crucial artery for Europe, both in economic terms, as it services the vast majority of goods traffic, and in social terms, as it does so for passenger travel as well.
Maintenance is considered to be the most expensive function of a high-way operating agency, so there is a special need for the early detection of deterioration mechanisms and of potential presence of defects through a more advanced road pavements inspection technology.

The proposed system will detect the presence of defects, determine the cause, extent and rate of deterioration, provide information for assessing stability and serviceability and for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of various remedial measures and provide this information in real time, not causing traffic disturbances.

The system is aiming to upgrade and optimize the inspection & maintenance of the European roads, reducing costs and increasing traffic safety and will achieve this by developing a novel automated and integrated NDT (Non Destructive Techniques) system for high speed analysis and evaluation. It will demonstrate the value of combining 3 technologies: Ground Penetrating Radar, InfraRed Thermography and Air Coupled Ultrasonic testing with Near Real-Time data transfer and analysis as a reliable, fast and safe tool for pavement inspections, as well as a great business opportunity for SME participants in EU. The proposed system incorporates and drastically enhances the capacities of the traditional NDT techniques, to produce quantitative, reliable, precise, continuous and at-traffic-speed measurements for the assessment of structural pavement condition. Research & innovation outcomes will be to obtain a GPR capable of detecting subsurface defects and adjacent layers of the same materials at traffic speed and quantitative and high speed image capturing Thermography resulting in the approximately 100% coverage measurement tool, which can be further extended with ACU optimized for continuous surface layer profiling.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/transportation engineering/highway engineering
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/radio technology/radar

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Address
Northampton Square
EC1V 0HB London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 95 200
Administrative Contact
Dilly Tawakkul (Dr.)

Participants (8)

I & T NARDONI INSTITUTE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 240 451,56
Address
Via Della Cascina Pontevica 21
25010 Brescia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Nardoni (Mr.)
MET GEO ENVIRONMENTAL LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 260 232,33
Address
Pontefract Road Southgate House Stourton
LS10 1SW Leeds West Yorkshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sam Roberts (Mr.)
GLOBAL DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 248 210,37
Address
Leoforos Eirinis 65
48100 Preveza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Konstantine Tsiapali (Ms.)
M W J M HOVENS
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 240 678,01
Address
Mergelweg 73
6212 XB Maastricht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans Godding (Mr.)
SOCIETA PER AZIONI AUTOSTRADA DEL BRENNERO (BRENNER-AUTOBAHN)
Italy
EU contribution
€ 24 238,01
Address
Via Berlino 10
38100 Trento
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlo Costa (Mr.)
JUDETUL VRANCEA - CONSILIUL JUDETEAN VRANCEA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 21 000
Address
Dimitrie Cantemir 1
620098 Focsani
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Romeo Iordache (Mr.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 20 550
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Georgia Pahlitzanakis (Mrs.)
CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ANDINNOVATION (CETRI) LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 22 400
Address
77, John Kennedy Avenue
1077 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giannis Spyropoulos (Dr.)